Keep the Faith During Winter

Kaleidoscope, by Berni Steinbach

Winter weather on the Bass Islands has put us in the doldrums, in spite of northerly winds and near freezing temperatures.  No ice, no snow, and a soggy ground with heavily overcast skies continue to put us in “the blues,” and we’re not talking music.  A casual survey of friends and neighbors reveals depression and frustration creep about.  National political and COVID-19 issues unravel, and personal confrontations on social media go unabated.  Is there rest for the weary?

I’d like to suggest we direct our attention to all that is good, all that works, all that underscores our perseverance, notwithstanding the miasma.  South Bass Island school students continue with community outreach service.  Senior Tali Steidl recently delivered home-made soup and cookies.  Marine service master Bob Glauser assisted an out-of-town neighbor by securing an important shipment.  EMS Director Patrick Rogers was able to provide virus vaccinations for the Fire Department and EMS members.  Island Air and Griffing Flying Service continue to offer service to and from the islands.  The General Store, Island Beverage Center, and Hardware Store remain open for business.  The Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department will host a take-out-only spaghetti dinner on 9 January from 5-7pm, and Topsy Turvey’s announces the start of the Dart League on 13 January.  And let’s not forget The Forge offers on-line menu service!  Post Office, Township, and Village business continues through tireless devotion of public servants, and there’s no stopping The Put-in-Bay Gazette, which celebrates the start of their 41st year.  Find a copy and look at all the summer employment opportunities!  Even the National Weather Service keeps a positive tone for real winter in today’s discussion: “… ensemble data is growing that an unsettled and wintry weather pattern could return by late week.”

All these particulars may seem mundane and ordinary, but they illustrate how well our community moves forward through the challenges and tumult of the times.  Keep the faith, neighbors, keep the faith!